Events

We're a friendly group who run a programme of evening talks from September to June, with a Quiz Night in October. Talks are at Bishop's Park Community Centre on the second Tuesday in each month.
We also have a walks programme, including local morning walks, day trips a bit further afield, and usually a weekend of birding once a year.
Everyone is welcome; you don't have to be a member of the RSPB (or the local group) to come along, although it is a good idea to confirm outdoor walks prior to the event. See below for more details.

December 2019

Tue
10

Evening Talk - Mike Dilger presents " The Trials and Tribulations of a Wildlife Presenter"

Location: Bishop's Park Community Centre, Lancaster Way, Bishop's Park, Bishop's Stortford (next to Tesco)
Postcode: CM23 4DA
Postcode: CM23 4DA (Google map)

Mike Dilger is an English ecologist, ornithologist, television presenter, and the wildlife reporter on the BBC television programme The One Show.

The Trials and Tribulations of a Natural History Presenter is an informative and entertaining lecture detailing everything you wanted to know about working as a wildlife presenter... but were afraid to ask.

Highly entertaining evening, and there will be mince pies, sausage rolls and mulled wine to go with it.

Please let Simon Hurwitz know if you intend to come, as we need to know for numbers.
Our Christmas raffle will also take place.


Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £ 3.00 for Stort Valley Members, £ 5.00 for Visitors

Booking essential

Telephone: 07808684723

E-mail: simon.hurwitz@ntlworld.com

January 2020

Sun
5

Walk - Chadwell Springs

Location: Meet at Kings Mead pub at 10.00 am

The water meadows are the last remaining riverside flood meadows in Hertfordshire, covering 96 hectares.
New walk to us, should be a lot to see and blow out some of those New Year cobwebs!
Pub lunch planned too.

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Donations to Local Group welcome

Telephone: 07454 801894

E-mail: l.jaques@yahoo.co.uk

Tue
14

Evening Talk - Dr. Mark Avery presents "The Grouse Shooting Debate"

Location: Bishop's Park Community Centre, Lancaster Way, Bishop's Park, Bishop's Stortford (next to Tesco)
Postcode: CM23 4DA
Postcode: CM23 4DA (Google map)

Dr. Mark Avery is a scientist by training and a naturalist by inclination. He writes about and comments on environmental issues. Mark worked for the RSPB for 25 years until standing down in April 2011 to go freelance.

A recent e-petition to Parliament by Chris Packham, called for a ban on driven grouse shooting. It achieved the 100,000 mark to get a debate in Parliament. Mark supports this ban. The official Rspb position is for licensing.

Mark will talk about all the problems with intensive grouse shooting: wildlife crime (especially the illegal persecution of birds of prey such as Hen Harriers, Golden Eagles and Peregrine Falcons), damage to blanket bogs (drainage and burning), increased flood risk to downstream communities, higher water treatment costs etc etc.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £ 3.00 for Stort Valley Members, £ 5.00 for Visitors

Telephone: 07808684723

E-mail: simon.hurwitz@ntlworld.com

February 2020

Sat
22

Walk - Waterford Heath Nature Park

Location: Meet at the Park at 10.00 am

A former sand and gravel quarry, this wonderfully varied reserve ahs a range of habitats.
In the Autumn and Winter, fieldfares and redwing are regular visitors.
It is run by The Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Donations to Local Group welcome

Telephone: 07454 801894

E-mail: l.jaques@yahoo.co.uk

March 2020

Sun
29

Walk - Kingfisher Bridge Nature Reserve

Location: Meet at Bishop's Stortford Causeway car park at 9.00 am

Near Wicken Fen, since 1995 Kingfisher Bridge Reserve has transformed 250 acres of farmland into a variety of wetland habitats and has become a vital sanctuary for numerous endangered species of the Fens.

Time: 9.00 am

Price: Donations to Local Group welcome

Telephone: 07454 801894

E-mail: l.jaques@yahoo.co.uk

April 2020

Tue
14

Evening Talk - Ann Forbes - The Puffin

Location: Bishop's Park Community Centre, Lancaster Way, Bishop's Park, Bishop's Stortford (next to Tesco)
Postcode: CM23 4DA
Postcode: CM23 4DA (Google map)

There is more to this bird than just the "cute" factor.
Ann will give us a fascinating insight into their world.
Some recent research has just shown that the beak glows in the dark! Useful in a burrow.
We will learn much more.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £ 3.00 for Stort Valley Members, £ 5.00 for Visitors

Telephone: 07808684723

E-mail: simon.hurwitz@ntlworld.com

Sat
18

Walk - Welney WWT

Location: Meet at Welney WWT car park at 10.00 am

Britain's largest area of seasonally flooded land and the setting of one of the most magical events in the UK's nature calendar - mass winter gatherings of many thousands of wild ducks, geese and swans.

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Donations to Local Group welcome

Telephone: 07454 801894

E-mail: l.jaques@yahoo.co.uk

May 2020

Sat
9

Group Weekend at Rspb Minsmere - 9th and 19th May

Location: Rspb Minsmere, Suffolk

Our Group Weekend is at Minsmere in Suffolk this year. Come along for one day or both days - even extend your weekend either side!
Ask Lee Jaques for further details and if you wish to go. Arrange your own accommodation.

Rspb Minsmere is their flagship reserve. This 1,000 hectare site has been managed by the Rspb since 1947 and covers areas of reedbed, lowland heath, acid grassland, wet grassland, woodland and shingle vegetation.

It is vast and needs a weekend to truly appreciate it.

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Donations to Local Group welcome

Booking essential

Telephone: 07454 801894

E-mail: l.jaques@yahoo.co.uk

June 2020

Sat
20

Evening Walk - Rspb Fowlmere

Location: Meet at Fowlmere car park at 6.00 pm

Summer evening walk.
Lovely place to visit with woodland, reedbeds, ponds and chalk streams.

Time: 6.00 pm

Price: Donations to Local Group welcome

Telephone: 07454 801894

E-mail: l.jaques@yahoo.co.uk